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NAACP art by Ed Welch
One of four large mixed media paintings honoring
civil rights activists and African-American history
NAACP art by Ed Welch
"Walter White", by Ed Welch
W. E. B. Du Bois by Ed Welch
"W. E. B. Du Bois", by Ed Welch
NAACP art by Ed Welch
"Roy Wilkins", by Ed Welch
19th c. blacksmith's trade sign
19th c. blacksmith's trade sign
made from iron and horse shoes
Rail road reflector
Metal and glass railroad reflector
Universe sign
3-D Op art "Universe" sign
Mr. R Blight sign
Mr. R Blight sign with
hand cut letters
Keystone paint sign
Several different old
"Wet Paint" signs
Collection of large ceremonial keys
A collection of oversize keys, including trade signs,
ceremonial "keys to the city", and souvenirs, 1800's - 1940's
Slow/Stop highway worker's sign
Two sided hand made construction
workers' sign, 4 1/2 feet long

NAACP art by Ed WelchHere are four vivid mixed media paintings by Ed Welch, celebrating civil rights activists and African-American history. They combine paint on composite board with collage, stickers, glitter, and found objects. Each is framed and ready to hang. John Edward Welch, who lived from 1918 to 2011, grew up working on a farm and became a self educated sign painter who applied his professional skills to these strongly artistic expressions.

This is a portrait of Roy Wilkins, "Former Executive Director of NAACP". The name above the portrait is embellished with glitter. The large letters down the left side and the shield below the portrait are cut from layered poster board. The birds, figure of Justice, and flag are applied paper, and the smaller letters on the left are individual stickers. Reflective tape divides the two panels. There is some very slight wear along the edges of the panel. It is signed E Welch and dated 2000. The painting itself is 36" high by 23 1/2" wide; as mounted it is 38" high by 25 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: CTWH.   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... Side views ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... Side views ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

NAACP art by Ed WelchThis painting honors Jessie M. Rattley, "Former Mayor of Newport News, Virginia". The portrait is embellished with an applied costume jewelry heart. In the left hand panel, portraits of students in mortarboards and a professional typist commemorate "Jessie M. Rattley's Business College". Reflective tape and glitter enhance the lower border. It is signed, not dated, and has an inner gold frame mounted in an outer black frame. The size as mounted is 43" wide by 31" high by 2 1/4" deep. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: CTWW.   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup right side ... Closeup, left side ... Closeup of artist's label ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup right side ... Closeup, left side ... Closeup of artist's label ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

NAACP art by Ed WelchThis tribute to Walter White and the NAACP is very detailed, with more applied collage elements than the other pieces. The Capitol, the eagle, the figure of Justice, the banners, and all of the lettering were applied. The fancy script at the top was cut from two layers of poster board. It is signed "E Welch", not dated. There is slight wear around the edges. The painting itself measures 36" wide by 24" high. As mounted it is 38" by 26" by 2 1/4" deep. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: CTWR.   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup, upper left ... Closeup, upper right ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   NAACP art by Ed Welch ... Closeup, upper left ... Closeup, upper right ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

W. E. B. Du Bois by Ed WelchThis is a portrait of W. E. B. Du Bois, with the words "We Need You". There is a smaller portrait of Abraham Lincoln, with a quote emphasizing Lincoln's priority was saving the Union, not freeing the slaves. It is signed "E Welch 97". There is minor wear around the edges of the panel. The painting itself measures 36" wide by 24" high. As mounted it is 38" by 26" by 2 1/4" deep. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: CTWO.   "W. E. B. Du Bois" by Ed Welch ... Closeup of right ... Closeup of middle ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "W. E. B. Du Bois" by Ed Welch ... Closeup of right ... Closeup of middle ... Side view ... The other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Mr. R Blight signThis is a wood sign with applied wood letters that reads "Mr. R. Blight". It is painted dark gray with red letters, and has two eyes on top for hanging. It can also sit on a desk or shelf. The red paint has a crazed surface. This sign measures 21" wide by 4 1/2" high by 1 1/2" deep. It was probably made in the 1940's or earlier, and is in good condition with some paint wear and a few small chips. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: THTW.   "Mr. R. Blight" sign ... Closeups ... Another closeup ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... Back.

Universe signThis is a large, 3-dimensional, Op Art "Universe" sign. It is made of fiberglass and various sized wooden dowels, with vibrant paint. The word arches over the central half-globe, while the graduated dowels also project out from the background. The sign is 33" square by about 5 1/2" deep; the mounting brackets on top add another 1 1/2" to the height. The overall condition is good, with some paint loss, stains, chips around the edges, a gouge in the lower part of the globe, and two broken dowels in the lower right. It is from the late 20th or early 21st century. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TRCP.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1 Mb] ... Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view.

Keystone paint signThis is an old "Wet Paint" sign with great graphics. It probably is from the 1940's. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock in a black wood frame. The image is 8 5/8" by 12 1/4" while the overall size of the frame is 11" by 14 5/8". There are five available. They are $65.00 each. Inventory Code: TCAC.   Keystone paint sign ... Overall, with the frame ... Closeup ... A second closeup ... Side view.

Dutch Boy wet paint signThis is a very graphic old "Wet Paint" sign for Dutch Boy white lead paint. It is not dated but came with some others from 1934 and '36. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock, in a black wood frame. The condition is very good. The image is about 7 1/4" by 10 1/2" while the overall size of the frame is 9 3/4" by 12 3/4". There are three available, and they may be purchased with or without frames. The price is $45.00 as framed or $35.00 without the frame. Inventory Code: TCTR.   Dutch Boy wet paint sign ... With the frame ... Side view.

Dutch Boy wet paint signThis is an old "Wet Paint" sign for Dutch Boy white lead paint. It is dated 1936. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock, in a black wood frame. The condition is very good. The image is about 7 1/4" by 10 1/2" while the overall size of the frame is 9 3/4" by 12 3/4". There are seven available, and they may be purchased with or without frames while our supply of frames lasts. The price is $40.00 as framed or $30.00 without the frame. Inventory Code: TCTP.   Dutch Boy wet paint sign ... With the frame ... Side view.

Dutch Boy wet paint signThis is an old "Wet Paint" sign for Dutch Boy white lead paint. It is dated 1934. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock. The sign is about 7 1/4" by 10 1/2". It has a minor crease across one corner, and foxing along one side as visible in the photos. It is unframed, or may be ordered in a black frame similar to the other paint signs, while our supply of frames lasts. The size if framed would be 9 3/4" by 12 3/4". The price is $25.00 as is, or $35.00 framed. Inventory Code: TCTS.   Dutch Boy wet paint sign.

Collection of large ceremonial keysHere is a collection of oversize keys. There are trade signs, ceremonial "keys to the city", and souvenirs. They range in age from the late 1800's through about the 1940's, and in size from 8" to almost 5 feet long. They are described and priced separately below, with a discount for buying several - they look great together.   See a slideshow of several views [987k] ... The largest key, with a yardstick ... Seven wood and metal keys ... Two wood keys ... Three large metal and wood keys.
The largest key, with a yardstick ... Seven wood and metal keys ... Two wood keys ... Three large metal and wood keys.

Large ceremonial keyThis is the largest and most intricate of the keys. It has the delightful inscription "The Key to Nollidge" "With all best wishes for many Happy Days (and Nights) RDL" "21 today (and tomorrow)". It is pieced from plywood, and measures 57 1/2" long by 14" high by 1 1/2" at the thickest. The paint is silver and gold, with red and black lettering. Two newer metal hangers have been attached to the back. There is some wear and paint loss, especially around the edges, and some of the red paint has smeared. The age appears to be from about the 1920's to 40's. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: CTPC.   The largest key, with a yardstick ... Closeup ... Closeup, other end ... From above and below ... End view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back.
Some much larger photos:   The largest key, with a yardstick ... Closeup ... Closeup, other end ... From above and below ... End view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back.

Two sided metal key signTwo sided metal "Welcome" sign from the early 1900's is 31" long by 7" high excluding the metal chain hangers. It has finely crazed yellow and black paint. The condition is very good with some paint loss and oxidation from weathering. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CTST.   Two sided metal key "Welcome" sign, with a yardstick ... The other side ... End view.
Some much larger photos:   Two sided metal key "Welcome" sign, with a yardstick ... The other side ... End view.

Two sided metal trade signA two sided "KEYS MADE" metal trade sign in heavily alligatored black and red paint. It is 24 3/4" long by 10 3/4" high, from the late 1800's or early 1900's. There is some paint loss and weathering, with one letter lost on one side. Otherwise the condition is good and sturdy. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTSC.   Two sided metal trade sign, with a 12" ruler ... The other side ... From above ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   Two sided metal trade sign, with a 12" ruler ... The other side ... From above ... End view.

Large Ceremonial KeyThis is a long wooden key inscribed on one side "C.O.F. Convention Racine - June 8th-9th-1903", and on the other side "Presented by the Mayor", with some fancy painted flourishes. There is a metal emblem attached from the Catholic Order of Foresters which also has the date and city, as well as a leaping deer in front of a red cross. The key is 30" long by 7 1/4" high by 1" thick. It has some paint loss and a few small nicks as seen in the photos. The head of the key has cracked through but is still intact. There is also a row of small pinholes along the bottom edge on the front, and a few on the back, as if something might have been tacked to the key? There are two cup hooks added to the top edge for hanging. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CTPA.   "Catholic Order of Foresters" key, with a yardstick ... The other side ... Closeup of the emblem ... Closeup, other end ... Closeup, reverse.
Some much larger photos:   "Catholic Order of Foresters" key, with a yardstick ... The other side ... Closeup of the emblem ... Closeup, other end ... Closeup, reverse.

1897 Christmas souvenir metal keysThis is a cast iron depiction of crossed keys reading "Merry Xmas 1897, Happy New Year 1898". It is in excellent condition, with a very dark oxidized surface and faint traces of green and red paint. It measures about 7" by 6" by 1/4" thick. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CTSW.   1897 Christmas souvenir metal keys ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   1897 Christmas souvenir metal keys ... From above ... From below ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

City of Kokomo ceremonial keyThis wooden key has "City of Kokomo 1930" painted in black over dark gold. It is 19 1/2" long by 6" high by 3/4" thick. The condition is very good, with slight paint wear and a few nicks. There are several tack holes on the back. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTPS.   City of Kokomo ceremonial key, with a 12" ruler ... Back view ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   City of Kokomo ceremonial key, with a 12" ruler ... Back view ... End view.

This wooden ceremonial key is painted an oxidized, crazed silver, with lots of fine, elegant script in gold on both sides. Some of the words are hard to make out. One side says "Department Council of" ??? "Patriarchs Militant I.O.O.F. LaFayette June 18, 19 and 20 1933". The other side says "Association Ladies Auxiliaries, Department of Indiana". The Patriarchs Militant is the highest order within the Odd Fellows organization. The key measures 17" long by about 7" high by 3/4" thick. The condition is excellent with very minor paint wear. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CTPP.   Lafayette, IN Ceremonial key with 12" ruler ... The other side ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   Lafayette, IN Ceremonial key with 12" ruler ... The other side ... End view ... The other end.

Logansport ceremonial keyA wooden key, painted dark gold, with "Logansport '32" in black. It is 17 1/4" long by 4 1/4" high by 1/2" thick, in excellent condition with very slight paint wear. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CTSK.   Logansport ceremonial key, with a 12" ruler ... Back view ... End views.
Some much larger photos:   Logansport ceremonial key, with a 12" ruler ... Back view ... End views.

1928 Louisville keyThis metal ceremonial key is marked "June 1928 To Louisville". It is 10" long by 4 3/4" high by about 1/2" thick, with worn black paint. There is a chip or casting flaw on one side of the handle, done before the key was painted. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTSH.   1928 Louisville key, with a 12" ruler ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   1928 Louisville key, with a 12" ruler ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup ... End view.

1934 World's Fair souvenir keyA heavy metal souvenir key from the 1934 Chicago World's Fair. It has details of the Travel & Transport Bldg., the Federal Bldg., and the Hall of Science. At one time there was a thermometer set into the shaft that is now gone. Otherwise, the condition is excellent, size is 7 3/4" long by 2" wide. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: CTSO.   1934 World's Fair souvenir key ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... The other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... This key and the next one, with a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   1934 World's Fair souvenir key ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... The other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... This key and the next one, with a 12" ruler for scale.

Hot Springs souvenir keyA souvenir thermometer in the form of a key. The front is inscribed "Hot Springs, Ark. Entrance to Government Reservation". The back has a patent date of Aug. 25, 1925 and a U.S. seal with an eagle. It is 8 1/2" long by 2 3/4" wide, in very good condition with a slightly oxidized surface. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: CTSR.   Hot Springs souvenir thermometer key ... Closeup of top ... Closeup, lower ... Other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... This key and the one above, with a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Hot Springs souvenir thermometer key ... Closeup of top ... Other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... This key and the one above, with a 12" ruler for scale.

19th c. blacksmith's trade signThis is an old iron trade sign for a blacksmith shop. It was made and forged, using a variety of horse shoes, welded around a much larger stylized horse shoe. This encloses a cut and hammered anvil and blacksmith's hammer. The piece is about 28 1/2" high by 25 1/2" wide. It is in excellent condition, and has developed an old dark rich surface, which is highly desirable and reflects many years of outdoor use. There are a few small old paint drips, mostly on the back. It was probably made in the mid to late 1800's. The price is $2500.00. Inventory Code: TROC.   See a slideshow of several views [482k] ... 19th c. blacksmith's trade sign ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of anvil and hammer ... Closeup of bottom ... Closer view of top ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.
Some much larger photos:   19th c. blacksmith's trade sign ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of anvil and hammer ... Closeup of bottom ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.

Railroad reflectorThis is a metal and glass railroad reflector. It is made from a piece of heavy corrugated steel on which has been mounted a rectangular frame for holding 25 glass reflectors. The glass pieces are green and the corrugated metal has been painted green. It was used outside apparently for many years. The green paint is worn but still strong and the center metal frame has rusted, but it too is strong. The size is 18" by 14" by about 2" deep. It has some bends, holes from mounting, a bit of rust and a little minor wear to some of the edges. One of the glass pieces is chipped. It was probably from the early 1900's. The price is $300.00. Inventory Code: CPSK.   Railroad reflector ... Another angle ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale ... A much larger photo.

Slow/Stop highway worker's signThis is an old slow/stop sign of the type used by signal persons on roads. It has a wood handle, metal sign, and cloth flag; and was probably made about the 1940's or a bit earlier. The entire piece is 55" long. The metal sign is 14" by 8" and reads "Slow" on one side and "Stop" on the other. Both it and the end of the handle are painted orange, with the words on the metal in white. The red cotton flag is about 12" by 13", and is somewhat tattered through use. The handle was cut into an octagon along its length. The overall condition is good with normal wear, scratches, and scrapes from years of use. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CAPO.   See a slideshow of several views [372 k] ... Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.
Some much larger photos:   Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.

 

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